Metropolitan Caloundra Surf Life Saving Club was founded in 1933.
Like most Surf Life Saving Clubs they are a key component of the beach community and enjoy enormous support but are always striving for additional funds to help finance their life saving efforts. The main fund raising arm of the SLSC is the supporters club now known as Mets on Kings. The club offers a restaurant, bar and other facilities and is located in a building at one end of the beautiful Kings Beach. The building needed renovation and community funding to make this happen.
Former president of the supporters club Craig Spender managed the project and had used Futurewood CleverDeck composite timber decking at his own home after a rigorous selection process. Craig determined that Futurewood’s composite timber decking and cladding also offered the best value for the decorative cladding component of the surf club refurbishment as well as the new deck.
Stage 1 of the renovation was completed in October 2015 and has completely transformed the club with a great deal of positive feedback from patrons and the general community saying the renovated club rooms provided a fantastic new look.
Stage 2 took several more months but the “Members Deck” crowd funding project proved to be a success and the new deck was completed in late 2016 and opened just before Christmas. The successful “Buy a Board” campaign” encouraged the public to buy between 1 and 4 decking boards and have an “honour plaque” fixed to those decking boards as recognition for their donation along with a 10 year membership of the club.
The club has taken to the new “Members Deck” which has provided a wonderfully relaxed extension to the facility.
From the deck there are fantastic views of the ocean and the positioning provides the necessary afternoon shade as patrons wind down after a busy day of beach activities. The photos do not quite do justice to the peaceful and relaxing atmosphere that the new decking area has created for the club.
One member was heard to comment that the new deck has created an “outdoor room” that is a real extension to the facility and adds tremendous amenity to the iconic supporters club.
The deck was constructed using Futurewood composite timber decking 138mm x 23mm x 5.4 metre solid decking boards in the Saltbush colour that matches the façade. Luckily Futurewood CleverDeck is a solid, hard wearing decking material that requires very little maintenance and is not going to rot or be overly affected by the salt, sand and moisture that a deck this close to the beach will be subjected to. A traditional timber deck would typically require a tremendous amount of ongoing maintenance in order to survive in such an environment. The cost of maintaining a timber deck would be prohibitive for the surf club when that money can be put to much better use buying equipment and training more life savers.
Craig commented that working with Futurewood composite decking was very easy and the fixing using concealed fix clips was a breeze plus the use of the breaker boards enhanced the overall deck design and reduced the installation time as well as minimising costly offcuts.
Futurewood contributed to the project having made a significant contribution towards the cost of the “Members Deck” as part of their commitment to the project.